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Arts & Entertainment

Alma RussThe Jackson County Library is hosting a concert featuring Alma Russ on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This program is free of charge.

The concert will feature Russ on fiddle, guitar and banjo, with vocals while playing the guitar and banjo. Russ is a singer and musician whose style is a melting pot of Americana, folk, old-time, and hints of blues and jazz. Her main instrument in fiddle, but she can also play around with the claw-hammer banjo.

Russ is 14 years old and has been singing for most of her short life. Only in the last few years has she begun to incorporate instrumentation along with her singing. She has played with Owner of the Sun, Heritage Alive, Dusk Weaver, and the Lifeway Community Church worship band.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (828)586-2016.

Art by library patron Jeannie Welch will be displayed in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during December and January.

Welch has lived in Franklin since 1993 and is semi-retired but still available for work on commissioned oils and graphic designs.

Welch earned her BFA at the University of Florida and her MFA at the University of Miami. She has taught art history and art appreciation at Southwestern Community College for many years. She has exhibited in museums throughout Florida.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.



Country music singer John Berry has achieved great success throughout his career. He has received many awards and honors, including a Grammy nomination. He has recently embarked on his 16th annual Christmas tour, Christmas in America.

This show is filled with childhood stories, warm holiday memories, and traditional Christmas songs, including a showstopping a cappella version of “O Holy Night.”

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is very excited to welcome Berry on his holiday tour Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.



The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz fusion band that has been making beautiful music together for several decades. The group concludes a world-wide tour later this month in Osaka, Japan, and will immediately begin their holiday tour in December. One of their first stops will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 each.

Tim Hauser was the founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. He loved music as far back as he could remember and began singing professionally at the age of 15. He produced an album when he was 19 and spent his college years fine-tuning his musical talents. He then spent time serving our country in the Air Force and National Guard before beginning a career in marketing. He became a marketing manager for Nabisco and was well on his way to a lucrative career in business.


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